Committee Approves Agreement Between Brazil and USA on Use of Alcântara Base

The Senate's Foreign Relations Committee approved the agreement, which will allow Americans to deploy satellites and rockets from the Alcântara base in Maranhão. The measure will now be voted on by the full Senate.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The two countries have been negotiating a technological safeguards agreement for almost 20 years, which would enable commercial use of the strategic aerospace launch site.

In 2000, Congress rejected the proposal that was being drafted by then-president Fernando Henrique Cardoso, under the pretext that it violated national sovereignty.

The draft bill approving the text of the agreement between the two countries was passed by the Chamber of Deputies in October. The agreement ensures the protection of technologies used by the US and enables the commercial use of the Alcântara Space Center.

The agreement was . . .

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